No French region is like any other. This certainly applies to the region of l’Occitanie and its unique location nested between the Mediterranean sea and the Pyréneées mountains. Located in the South West of France it is three and a half hours away from Paris with the high-speed train (TGV). Regular flights from Paris make it a well connnected region with other European cities. Toulouse and Monptellier, the main cities in the region are only one a one and a half hours flight from London and a bit less than 4 hours drive from Barcelona.
Through its unique location widely open to the influence of Southern Europe, this vast land has been an important cultural, economical and artistic hub of the Mediterranean basin for centuries. The region has as a result developed this unique atmosphere of warmth, colour and conviviality. Its motto ‘Prenez- le temps de tout vivre’ is a delectable invitation to take the time to appreciate and take in all the good things. This is what I invite you to experience on your next French holiday.
L'Occitanie Region - Toulouse
Welcome to the Tarn, the part of My France closest to my heart. The Tarn department is one of the many departments to form the vast region of l’Occitanie. Albi, its main prefecture (administrative capital) will be your base during your stay with us.
The Tarn départment offers a wide variety of contrasting landscapes, including agricultural lands (with sunflower fields in the summer), forests, valleys and more untouched areas such as the Gorges du Tarn, la Montagne noir part of the the National Parc du Haut Languedoc, in which you will tumble upon unusual granite blocks. These areas also offer a range of sporting activities such as kayaking, abseiling and trekking.
The Tarn is not just only rich of natural beauty, it is also a region dominated by its architectural beauty, such as the castles, the many villages called Bastides revealing 1000 years of History, Some have hardly changed since the medieval times. These villages represent the identity and spirit of l’Occitanie region and still today are strongly attached to their traditions and savoir-faire. Another dominant landmark of the region is the many dovecotes spread around the whole department, around 1700 of them and none look the same.
Three distinctive colours mark the Tarn- yellow (extended fields of sunflowers), pink and red (bricks). Its main cities and villages are usually built with bricks such as Gaillac, Lavaur and Albi, and depending of the time of the day or the light, the ever changing shades of pink and red. Also the shades of green of the forest and vineyards, which cover a big part of the départment. It is not a coincidence that parts of the region such as la vallée de la Vère or around the Gaillacois area have been named the little Tuscany of France.
The Tarn is the home of gastronomy made in the South West. It offers a range of delicacies ranging from dry salted meat in the monts of Lacaune, many ancestral dishes and a great selection of seasonal fruit.
Tarn - Corde-Sur Ciel
Tarn and Aveyron
Welcome to the Aveyron. the neighbouring department of the Tarn, L’Aveyron is a relatively untouched part of the region and an undiscovered part of France, tucked away from the typical crowded tourist tracks. It offers beauty worth a visit that will give a new dimension to your French experience and discovery. What strikes me when visiting the area is the variety of landscapes. Gravity is constantly put to the test with perched villages and invincible castles spread throughout the whole area. The intensity of the colour of the natural environment, its food and its people complete this beautiful patchwork of a different life style. With its philosophy ‘vivre vrai’ (real living) you are invited to take your time in timeless Aveyron.
Check out the Discovermyfrance boards I created on Pinterest on Aveyron
Albi, the episcopal city has been in recent years classified as a UNESCO world listed heritage site. The historic town of Albi will be the base of your stay. You will be at the door step of all the most magnificent sites of the town, including la cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, a unique French cathedral and the largest cathedral in the world. Not to mention the Palais de La Berbie, the formal episcopal palace and its beautiful French gardens set by the river. The Palais hosts a unique art collection of the renowned local artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Check out my pininterest photos on Albi
Maison Nénette (with blue shutters) is an old merchant house located in the UNESCO listed town of Albi overlooking the Tarn river. From the house you can enjoy the beautiful views of the river. It is located in the historical centre surrounded by some of the oldest mansions some going back to the 11th Century which once belonged to the local woad merchants.
The house is located on the cross road of an ancient trading road and what was the main gate to the middle age city. Right in front is the oldest bridge in France, the Pont Vieux, an 11th Century bridge . The house was built around 1823 yet her foundations might well go back to ancient times.
Maison Nénette is named after my beloved deceased aunt Anne Marie Chaveroux (pictured) who lived most of her life in Albi. Her nick name was Nénette. She was fond of the local Cathederal Sainte-Cecile where she was actively involved in the catholic community.
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